CROWN POINT | A unique, corner-mounted sign proposed for a 122-year-old downtown building has crossed another hurdle on its way to possibly adorning the structure.
The city's Historic Preservation Commission overseeing the downtown historic district agreed last week to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the sign.
Building owners Matt and Sandra Bapple are restoring the structure at 101 N. Main St. to the way it looked in earlier times. The building houses their Bapple & Bapple accounting firm.
They proposed a sign bearing the firm's name be suspended from upper levels of the three-story building as part of the restoration.
The sign deviates from what normally is permitted in a historic district and required approvals from both the historic review board and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Bapples agreed to shrink the size of the sign to 12 feet in height, down from 15 feet, and to not illuminate, before being granted zoning board approval last month.
The historic review board voted 5-3 last week to grant the certificate of appropriateness required for changes to buildings in the historic district. The vote reflected concerns the outsized sign could set precedent in the downtown historic district, city Planning Administrator Christopher Meyers said.
Perpendicular signs are limited to 8 feet tall in the historic district, unless a waiver is granted.
Sandra Bapple said she's pleased with the historic review board's decision about the sign, designed of blue wood with white lettering.
"I'm pleased it went through," Bapple said. "I think it will be a beautiful asset to the community."
The sign has one last hurdle to cross.
Its proposed location at the corner of the building, overhanging the crossroads of Clark Street and Ind. 55, also known as Main Street in city limits, means the Indiana Department of Transportation still must sign off on it.
Bapple hopes to have the sign in place by later this year.